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The Smiddy Bistro

Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
+44 1546 603606
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (60 reviews)
“salad” (43 reviews)
“cullen skink” (14 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading all the lovely reviews we felt very let down when we ordered Macaroni Cheese and garlic bread for my 15yr old twins at a cost of £7.50 each. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo but when it arrived in a bowl with 1...More

Thank Emma H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This great wee bistro has recently been taken over and the food and cakes are wonderful. Had lunch and a great coffee, only wish I'd had room for a cake as they looked fantastic.

Thank Kirsty Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The smell of newly baked scones etc as you walk in the door is just the start of a fine experience. Good atmosphere, warm and comfortable. All meals are prepared on site and the menu is appetising. Good value too.

Thank Norriescot
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch today. Had the chickpea burger in a brioche bun with sweet chilli sauce, a lovely fresh salad and vegetable crisps. Really tasty and filling. Only downside to the visit was being too full for cake as they looked amazing.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Glad this wee gem has reopened with a similar menu to when Bruce owned it Our lunch was lovely but the smiddy salad wasn’t a patch on what Bruce served so it’s not really a return of the Smiddy salads!! Which is why I just...More

1  Thank GolfStar57
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

We had a delicious and very reasonable lunch here, with some of the best and most interesting salad I've ever had. The menu undersells the very high standard of food, all three of us including a vegetarian and a diabetic could not find fault. Highly...More

Thank Chris J
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We had an excellent dinner at the Smiddy on a Friday night. There was a very welcoming atmosphere and although busy, it was still relaxing. The food itself was excellent and very well presented. The staff were very helpful and efficient. There was a real...More

Thank Bill T
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

It’s been a wee while since I was last in the smiddy and it didn’t disappoint! Fantastic food in a lovely setting with super friendly staff, Wont leave it so long next time!

Thank Sazzyb22
Reviewed 18 September 2017

It's not on the main street but certainly worth the walk around to find it. Was nice and busy on a Sunday afternoon and the staff were really friendly. I'd certainly recommend this excellent little bistro.

Thank GtheKiwi
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

I often meet colleagues and friends here for lunch when working in Lochgilphead, food great and staff friendly and efficient. A busy little cafe hidden up a side road.

Thank Alison H
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Kevin A
13 August 2017|
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Response from Riffman2909 | Reviewed this property |
There's Rom to tie dogs outside
11 August 2016|
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Response from fmck49 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure they take cards. If not, it's right round the corner from the main street so there will be a cash machine there or at Tesco opposite.
5 August 2016|
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Response from KenzieLondon_UK | Reviewed this property |
Agree with above-Yes and better to book.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Lochgilphead
  • Phone Number: +44 1546 603606
We are a friendly wee place, meet for proper coffee, homemade cakes and yummy lunches! Lunch served from 12-4. Gluten free and vegan options available as standard.
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